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Genesis of a music : an account of a creative work, its roots and its fulfillments

Author: Harry Partch
Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 1974.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second edition, enlargedView all editions and formats
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"Among the few truly experimental composers in our cultural history, Harry Partch's life (1901-1974) and music embody most completely the quintessential American rootlessness, isolation,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Partch, Harry, 1901-1974.
Genesis of a music.
New York : Da Capo Press, 1974
(OCoLC)639641534
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Partch
ISBN: 030671597X 9780306715976 030680106X 9780306801068
OCLC Number: 624666
Description: xxv, 517 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: I. Corporeal versus abstract music : 1. From Emperor Chun to the vacant lot --
2. American musical tendencies. II. An introduction to intonation : 3. Definitions pertaining to intonation --
4. The language of ratios --
5. Basic monophonic concepts --
6. Instruments for demonstration. III. The resources of monophony : 7. Analysis of the 5 limit --
8. Application of the 11 limit --
9. The one-footed bride --
10. The twenty-eight tonalities --
11. The question of resolution --
12. String and voice instruments and their notations --
13. Percussion instruments and their notations --
14. The backgrounds of six major works. IV. Intonations: historic, implied, proposed : 15. A thumbnail sketch of the history of intonation --
16. Pythagoreanism --
17. Equal temperaments --
1. Just intonations.
Responsibility: by Harry Partch.

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"Microtonality is an essential part of music, though European theories of harmony and tonality have nothing to say about it. Harry Partch's Genesis of a Music is therefore invaluable, dealing as it Read more...

 
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